On This Day: April 20

Tornado Talk Summary

A bit after midnight on April 20, 1973, an F3 tornado moved through parts of Pontotoc County, OK including the town of Ada. There were 21 injuries. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!

April 20, 1912: An F4 tornado crossed 15 miles through portions of Rush County, KS. Several farms were demolished near Rush Center. At Bison, half the town (about 50 homes) were heavily damaged. “An elderly man who made light of the storm was killed with his granddaugther on a farm 2m SW of Bison.”

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2020 in Georgia: An EF2 tornado touched down just west of the Mitchell/Worth County line along South County Line Road, damaging a mobile home It moved northeast for 8.69 miles. Several single-family homes along Highway 112 and York Road. Source. 

A home that was ripped apart, photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).
A home that was damaged, photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

On this day in 2015, a supercell thundestorm dropped ping-pong ball sized hail in Altoona, PA which damaged numerous cars. A funnel cloud also formed, and remained aloft across Blair and Centre Counties for about 40 miles before touching down briefly as an EF0 tornado near Colyer Lake. Source

Photo of the funnel cloud over Altoona, via Torando Talk Writer Nick Wilkes.

Pieces of the Past

A Look Back Through The Ages!  On This Day In History! 

Sources:  onthisday.com, thisdayinmusic.com & Britannica

Historical Event

On this day in 1999: Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School, Colorado. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, Braunau am Inn, Austria. He was the leader of the Nazi Party (from 1920/21) and chancellor (Kanzler) and Führer of Germany (1933–45). He was chancellor from January 30, 1933, and, after President Paul von Hindenburg’s death, assumed the twin titles of Führer and chancellor (August 2, 1934) He died in 1945. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1981: Final performance of TV show “Soap” airs. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1992: ‘A Concert For Life’ took place at Wembley Stadium as a tribute to Queen singer Freddie Mercury and for aids awareness. Acts appearing included; Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), David Bowie, Mick Ronson, James Hetfield, George Michael, Seal, Paul Young, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, Robert Plant, Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Axl Rose and Slash.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 2010: The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and beginning an oil spill that would last six months. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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